Introduction, and why we chatted
Tom Clendon is an online lecturer, who specialises in the SBR (Strategic Business Reporting) exam for the ACCA qualification.
I chatted to him about professional qualification shifts, the challenges that our students face, and why they struggle with the things they do.
Here’s Toms’ brief background:
Have exams changed?
If you’ve read or watched ANY of my content, you’ll recognise this question! I asked Tom the same question because I want to keep getting more, broader opinions and thoughts, from different experts, qualifications, industries etc… this paints a better picture of where we are, and where we should be going.
It’s not often that Google pops up in accounting discussions!
What do accountants' clients expect?
Studying towards a professional accounting qualification means we’re going to be serving our clients. So, do we know what our clients are going to expect from us?
Are we working towards being able to help them!?
Changes in teaching, learning... and the real world!
We’ve changed our teaching and advice to students because of these changes. Why?!
Are we prepared to ALWAYS be learning?
I used to think that the bulk, or most difficult part of my learning would be done once I qualified (spoiler alert: NOT the case!). Tom and I chatted more about the ‘real’ world, profession, changes, opportunities and the challenges of learning when we want results, but don’t like the process.
Journeys are ALWAYS messy
I believed that if my journey was ‘messy’, it would mean that I wouldn’t be able to be successful, that it would ‘taint’ my abilities and reputation and that I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I wanted.
Will accountants become obsolete?
On behalf of my audience, I want to thank Tom for his time. We appreciate his input, insight and experience.
If you have more questions you’d like us to chat about, leave a comment below!